Coordinating Institution - UNIVERSITY POLITEHNICA OF BUCHAREST - CeoSpaceTech


Project Manager  - Prof. Dr. Ing. Mihai DATCU

Mihai Datcu  received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics and telecommunications from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), Romania, in 1978 and 1986, respectively. In 1999, he received the title "Habilitation à diriger des recherches" in computer science from University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. Since 1981, he has been a Professor with the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, UPB, working in signal/image processing and Electronic Speckle Interferometry. Since 1993, he has been a scientist with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. He is developing algorithms for analyzing Very High Resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (VHR SAR) and Interferometric SAR (InSAR) data. He is engaged in research related to information theoretical aspects and semantic representations in advanced communication systems. Currently, he is Senior Scientist and Image Analysis research group leader with the Remote Sensing Technology Institute of DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen. Since 2011, he is also leading the Immersive Visual Information Mining research laboratory at the Munich Aerospace Faculty and is director of the Research Center for Spatial Information at UPB. He has held Visiting Professor appointments with the University of Oviedo, Spain, University Louis Pasteur and the International Space University, in Strasbourg, France, University of Siegen, Germany, University of Camerino, Italy, and the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing, Manno, Switzerland. From 1992 to 2002 he had a longer Invited Professor assignment with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. Since 2001, he has initiated and leaded the Competence Centre on Information Extraction and Image Understanding for Earth Observation, at ParisTech, Telecom Paris, a collaboration of DLR with the French Space Agency (CNES). He has been Professor holder of the DLR-CNES Chair at ParisTech, Telecom Paris. His interests are in information and complexity theory, stochastic processes, Bayesian inference, and Image Information Mining (IIM). He and his team have developed and are currently developing the operational IIM processor in the Payload Ground Segment systems for the German missions TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, and the ESA Sentinel 1 and 2. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, among them about 50 journal papers, and a book on number theory. He is a member of the European Image Information Mining Coordination Group (IIMCG) and of the Data Archiving and Distribution Technical Committee (DAD TC) of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and IEEE Fellow of Signal Processing, Computer and Geoscienece and remote sensing societies.


Senior Researchers:

Conf. Dr. Ing. Remus CACOVEANU

Prof. Dr. Ing. Silviu CIOCHINA



Lecturer, Dr. Ing. Anca-Andreea POPESCU

Lecturer, Dr. Ing. Daniela FAUR

Dr. Ing. Corina VADUVA

Conf. Dr. Ing. Nicolae MILITARU

As. Dr. Ing. Lucian PERISOARA


Doctoral Students:

Drd. Ing. Carmen PATRASCU

Drd. Ing. Andrei ANGHEL



Partner Institutions:


S.C. ASRC S.R.L  Advanced Studies and Research Center - logo


Project Responsible : Valentin PONCOS


Valentin Poncos is Head of Radar Remote Sensing Group. He received the MSc degree in Geophysics (Signal Processing and Waves Propagation) in 2000 from University of Calgary. He has been involved in several projects using SAR techniques (InSAR and PSI), such as: Ground and buildings stability monitoring for Alberta Geological Survey, project developed together with Romanian Space Agency, Hungarian Institute for Cosmic Geodesy; Correlation of ground subsidence/uplift in the city of Bucharest with groundwater depth variation and the potential of ground liquefaction, in collaboration with Karlsruhe University, Germany; Critical Infrastructure Monitoring for the Romanian Ministry of Environment (Siriu waterdam); Tectonic and Groundwater level variation measurements for the Danube Delta, Romania.


ROSA   Romanian Space Agency - logo


Project Responsible : Ion NEDELCU


Ion Nedelcu - is senior expert in ROSA. Bachelor degree in Geodesy (1998), Master of Science degree Remote Sensing (2001), PhD Preparation in Remote Sensing Image Interpretation. Experience since 1998 in the Military Equipment and Technology Agency in Bucharest for image derived digital map production, GIS, GNSS. Since 2004 he was involved in many EU and UN funded projects e.g. Land cover mapping, Land Parcel Information Systems and Water Information Management Systems. He has significant experience in design and implementation of Geographic Information System, geospatial data management techniques and technology and GIS software development. In ROSA he is responsible with technical coordination of the research activities related to geographic information systems design, system development, geospatial data processing and analysis. He is a member of the Romanian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and IEEE Geoscience.